Do I Have to Ride A “Women’s” Bike?

“As a woman, do I have to ride a ‘women’s’ bike?”  We get this question a lot.  The short answer is ‘no,’ but the color isn’t the only difference between the men’s and women’s models.  While most bicycle manufacturers offer women’s bikes, every rider is different and many women ride a ‘men’s’ bike – sometimes with …

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4 Reasons Why The Specialized Vado Is Awesome

Specialized has put together the latest in electric bike technology to create one of the most advanced e-bikes on the market.  (New to electric bikes? Check out this e-bike blog.)  We got a chance to give it a test ride (video below) and we were impressed!  The Vado doesn’t feel like an electric bike; it …

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Bike Saddles (Part 3): Shorts and Cream

This is the third part of our Bike Saddle blog series.  If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 here. The saddle makes the biggest contribution to posterior comfort, but you cannot underestimate how much a good pair of padded cycling shorts will improve your comfort on the bike …

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Bike Saddles (Part 2): Find Your Size

This is the second part of our Bike Saddle blog series.  If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Part 1 here. Many riders find the bike saddle to be one of the most unpleasant parts of the bicycle. They expect the bike saddle to be uncomfortable. But did you know you might actually …

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Bike Saddles (Part 1): Get Comfortable

One of the most common conversations at ERIK’S is how to find a comfortable bike seat. It’s difficult to know whether the stock seat on your new bike will fit you, and after a few early season rides some customers find their old saddle just doesn’t feel as though it fits like it used to.  Let’s …

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Get Your Kid The Right Bike

It’s summer time and time to get the kids riding!  Maybe your child has grown out of their bike, or maybe you have a new little one who is ready to start riding. Regardless, you need to purchase a kids’ bike.  Here is a guide to help you through the process of getting the right bike …

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Does Your Child’s Helmet Fit?

It’s tough picking out a helmet for your child when they come in deliberately vague size ranges like “child,” “toddler” and “youth”. A toddler might fit into child-sized helmets or a kid might fit into adult sized helmets.  Each helmet has an inch range, but that doesn’t mean it will fit. Oftentimes the circumference will …

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E-Bikes – What You Need To Know

If you aren’t familiar with pedal assist e-bikes, you need to learn about one of the fastest growing bike styles in cycling.  This category is not as well-known in the U.S. but it is a $10 billion dollar industry in Europe.  It is predicted that e-bikes will grow significantly in the U.S. in the next …

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8 Tips On Group Riding

Group Rides at ERIK’S shops start by the first week of May.  There are over 30 rides in total for all styles and levels of cycling.  Riding in a group is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends and share your love of riding with other like-minded cyclists. During these rides, …

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